Attorney General KK Venugopal has expressed concern over the growing dissent and inequality in the highest court of law, with respect to the Sabarimala verdict.
As on September 28, the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had ruled that all the women of any age group can enter the premises of Sabarimala Temple in Kerala with a 4:1 verdict and said that the ban on the entry of women amounted to gender discrimination.
Venugopal, who was speaking at an event said that the judgement of Justice Indu Malhotra, the only dissenting judge in the 5-judge bench was “enlightening” in the Sabarimala case.
Venugopal said, “I am saying all this because of a fear that this new concept of constitutional morality may now be used for the purpose of testing laws.”
He added that, “In the Sabarimala case, the dissenting judge, Justice Indu Malhotra, relied upon constitutional morality and said that constitutional morality will require that every single individual would have the right to his own faith and nobody can interfere with it, the courts cannot interfere with what is the matter of faith.”
While talking about the varied voices rising inside the Supreme Court and how it is concerning him, he said, “If a bench of the Supreme Court speak in two different voices, one says permit and other says no, then this is dangerous, no one knows where this fight will go and therefore, I am hoping that constitutional morality will die.”